Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against by Kevin Yuill (auth.)

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He can then choose to leave this life in a procedural, medically supervised manner,’ Sutorius said. 27 Such campaigners are not restricted to the Netherlands. Baroness Mary Warnock, a celebrated British philosopher known for her humanist views, advocated a ‘duty to die’ for the elderly and those suffering from dementia. ‘If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives – your Defining the Terms 25 family’s lives – and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Service. . 29 A main concern is that with the retirement of the baby boomers, the number of people of a working, taxable age will shrink or become stagnant.

22 Assisting a suicide is not specifically mentioned in the laws of North Carolina, Utah and Wyoming. In the other 44 states, assisting a suicide constitutes a crime. In Switzerland, suicide and physician and non-physician assisted suicide is legal, as long as the motivations for the assistance are honourable. However, euthanasia is illegal. Since 2002, Belgium allows ‘euthanasia’ but only when it meets strict criteria; all euthanasia, like in the Netherlands, must be requested voluntarily by the patient.

Elderly people have a ‘lack of purpose’ and clearly waste young people’s time and medical resources. Unlike the ‘disaster’ of the suicides of young people, suicides of the elderly are to be welcomed. At first glance, it is odd that such campaigns emerge at a time when those over 70 lead longer and better lives than ever before. 26 Assisted Suicide Of course, Warnock, SOARS, Uit Vrije Wil and others carry on a tradition of attempts to deny medical treatment to various groups deemed pointless, as Chapter 3 notes.

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